CHEYENNE – The Torrington Tigers junior Legion baseball team suffered a pair of two road losses in Cheyenne on the evening of Wednesday, June 19.
The Tigers fell 13-1 in game one to the Cheyenne Indians in only four innings.
“We got off to a bad start,” coach Ben Desmond said.
Austin Short collected the team’s only hit of the game in the third inning.
Short’s hit came in the third inning and was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double.
Cheyenne managed five runs in the first inning behind four walks issued by the Tigers and four errors. The Indians extended their lead with six additional runs in seconds on five hits and two Tiger errors.
Desmond decided to pull the plug and get everyone some valuable playing time.
“It was a good time to do that and get everyone in,” Desmond said.
In the second inning, it was a much different story for the Tigers.
Ben Firminhac went the distance for Torrington, throwing 99 pitches and surrendering only six hits in a 6-4 loss.
“The second game, it was a (heck) of a ballgame,” Desmond said. “We had two on base in the top of the seventh, and they picked off a guy at second, stopping the rally.”
Torrington grabbed a 3-1 advantage in the top of the fourth inning.
We were looking good. Things were going great,” Desmond said.
In the fifth, Cheyenne tied the game at four in the top of the fifth.
“Their crowd got after the umpires and got after their own players,” Desmond said. “Their coach had to come out and calm them down.”
In the loss, Torrington had two runners picked off, and Cheyenne turned one double play. Meanwhile, the Tigers turned a double play of their own but had two runners caught stealing.
Short, Kirk Kay, Firminhac and Bodie Moffatt tallied hits in the game.
The Tigers are 12-8 on the season and will host Laramie on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
“I would love to have a crowd come out,” Desmond said.
Suspended game vs. Wheatland called
The second game of Sunday, June 16’s doubleheader against the Wheatland Lobos has been officially called.
Torrington held a 7-0 lead with two out in the top of the third inning when a thunderstorm passed over the field, forcing the contest to be suspended.
It was decided this week the game will not be concluded. It will go down as a win for the Tigers.